My husband saw this little painting I did of our friends and said "Very Mary Cassat".Â Sweet of him to say, and yes, I'd certainly aspire to paint like her! But I think the Cassat reference had more to do with my painting on the beach than anything else. I've often wanted to paint on the shore the way the Impressionists once did,Â but always felt somewhat restricted due to the total lack of shade and the sensitivity of my fair skin.Â This year, however,Â it has been possible because we've borrowed a large 12x12' canopy from our sister and brother-in-law. Otherwise I've had fried in my first 30 minutes on the beach!
The canopy allowed me to set up my easel and caputre thisÂ little vignette of our friends Esther and Carrie, engrossed in their summer reading:
"Summer Reading" Oil on Multimedia Artboard, 6x6" (NFS)
This painting was done on Multimedia Artboard. I painted straight on an unprimed surface, and I must say I prefer this surface primed with a layer of gesso for oils. While I was able to build the surface texture up after a bit, I found the board too absorbant without any gesso. Any way, after a bit, it was fun. I felt particularly good about the piece since Esther (the one with the dark hair) got up in the middle of the painting to go surfing.Â She was a good sport, but still her vacation wouldn't suffer for my art.